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This is my fourth year as a MOPS mom. I wish I had known about MOPS 10 years ago when I was pregnant with Brandon. Over the last several years, I've been intrigued by the themes and how they manage to combine the "down here-ness" of mothering with the "up there-ness" of God. Sometimes it just seems that mothering is so far removed from Heaven that it's Hell.
And sometimes it is.
That's where MOPS comes in - the support, both from my local group and the resources I receive as a member, have been instrumental in keeping my sanity as a mom.
This year's theme is "Momology - the Art and Science of Mothering." There's a doozy, huh? But really, when you think about it - it is an art and a science. There's an art in the creative solutions that moms come up with on a daily basis, and a science in the approach of applying those creative solutions to see what will work with your family. I may be a creative person, but let's face it: sometimes we're just too worn out and overwhelmed by mothering to come up with solutions anymore.
Momology, A Mom's Guide to Shaping Great Kids by Shelly Radic just might be your mothering textbook with solutions from other "Momologists" that have been where you are. You'll find personal anecdotes from other MOPS moms describing their mothering experiments, as well as their masterpieces and flops. Plus, there's a wealth of information from experts to give you confidence and understanding as you put on your lab coat (or smock, if you're messy like me). Whether you're a right-brained mom or a left-brained mom, you'll find something in this book for you.
This year's MOPS theme book is a book to study. You could even use this book for a book group or small group study. The book is put together wonderfully for moms that don't have a lot of time. Each chapter is broken down into sections that you can read through fairly quickly. But don't let that fool you - these sections are cuts of meat, not spoons of applesauce! The questions at the end of each section will have you really thinking about your mothering and the hows and whys behind it. Now, don't let that frighten you. Trust me, if you can handle labor, you can handle this book, and you'll be a better mom for it!
And that's what MOPS - and mothering - is all about: making a better world.
Momology is available June 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
Many thanks to MOPS and Revell for providing a complimentary copy of the book to facilitate my reveiw!